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Barrie Jo Price (not verified)

I found this comment really

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I found this comment really thought-provoking and insightful. I think it is just this kind of thing that provides fuel for the fire for those who wish to derail the infusion of technology. All purchases should start with these questions: What is the instructional purpose? Whose interests are being served? Just as an aside, who would agree with me that GPS might be a great way to begin to include computer-mediated collaboration as an instructional theme in our schools?
Jim Moulton (not verified)

Brava, Diane! Let us never

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Brava, Diane! Let us never forget to put the "why" before the "how."
DebbieF (not verified)

This is an interesting

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This is an interesting article to me GPS and GIS are cutting edge pieces of technology. However unless the students are tracking things such as bird flu, trucks and cars or doing surveying and creating detailed maps then, academically it may not have use other than as a piece of technology that enhances learning. The technology behind the GPS and GIS could be more academically sound as far as science and math education are concerned. Then the hands on aspect may be a bit more relevant and the exercises that allow them to try the technology out. WWW. ESRI.com has educational programs.
Christine Nicolosi (not verified)

Agreed; this is a fantastic

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Agreed; this is a fantastic post, and something all teachers need to keep in mind. As with any educational tool, its true value lays in how we implement and integrate it to facilitate authentic learning--not in simple, mindless playtime engaged in only b/c a new technology has caught the popular fleeting flavor of the moment.
Stephen Rahn (not verified)

What a great post. I have

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What a great post. I have been trying to get this same point across to some of our teachers in Georgia.
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